By Rupkumar Sasmal Monday November 9, 2020
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PUBG Mobile that was banned in India two months ago over data and cybersecurity concerns, is now planning to make a grand return in the world’s second-largest internet market, India. Two sources of ‘TechCrunch’ claim it. But till now it’s not confirmed by PUBG Corporation.
Popular Indian Tech YouTubers also given some hint of the return of PUBG.
Two months back the Indian Government announced a ban on PUBG Mobile game. The reason behind this ban is the inappropriate usage of user data and other cybersecurity reasons. Initially, the Chinese giant Tencent manages all these data and servers across India and as well as other countries on behalf of the PUBG Corporation.
Due to this ban, PUBG cut off its ties with Tencent in the country. Some users still managed to access the game, that’s why Tencent announced the complete shut down of their PUBG game servers in India. The Tencent server shut down process in India took place on 30th October. After that, they handed the PUBG Mobile India IP Rights back to the main game development firm. We thought that it was the final nail in the coffin for the PUBG Mobile in India.
In recent weeks the South Korean Game development company is in touch with global cloud service providers to store Indian users’ data within the country as it is the main concern according to the Indian Government.
One of the big news confirmed by Krafton On 7th November 2020. Krafton is the parent company of PUBG Corporation. They announced a global partnership with Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure will be the next cloud host service provider for all the games by Krafton. PUBG is one of the popular game among all the games developed by Krafton or its subsidiaries.
“With privacy and data security being a top priority for Krafton, the company will be working with Microsoft to ensure personal data protection through Azure,”said Krafton, the parent company of PUBG
Microsoft operates data center regions globally. Microsoft has three of its 42 global data centers regions located in India at Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai.
PUBG Corporation has confidentially informed it’s prominent streamers that it expects to restart the service in India before the end of this year. Till now this news has no validation because they are not authorized to speak on this topic.
A source of Techcrunch said that the company could make an announcement about its future plans for India as soon as this week. It also plans to run a marketing campaign in the country during the festival of Diwali next week. This marketing campaign could be a confirmed hint for the return of PUBG. Indian gamers community is waiting for this campaign as it can be good news for them.
Sources are getting more information on PUBG’s engagement with a number of Indian local firms, like Paytm and Airtel, to explore the other options for publishing the game in the country.
PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular mobile games in India. Before the ban, It has more than 50 million monthly active users in the country. It helped to create an entire ecosystem of esports organizations and even an online gameplay streaming industry of gamers that made the most of its spectator sport-friendly gameplay.
Now it just needs a confirmation from the officials. Let’s hope for the best for the Indian Gaming Community and the PUBG lovers.
Estimated dates/announcement by PUBG Official